The Paul Canoville Foundation

'Motivation to Change'


The Paul Canoville Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of disadvantaged young people through workshops, motivational talks and more.

Workshops focus on personal responsibility, planning ahead, self-discipline, understanding self, using your head, making positive connections and managing anger.

So far workshops have taken place in many countries, including Germany, Switzerland, Australia, United States of America and India which has helped Paul Canoville to spread his knowledge to youths abroad as well as here in the UK.

We are a non-profit organisation and all money raised goes into helping Foundation youths, other youth organisations and other small charities.

Recognisable to many following his achievement as the first black professional footballer for Chelsea Football Club, Paul Canoville uses his background and own life experiences to engage positively with young people.

He speaks of the challenges he faced as a youth, and explains that despite his achievements as a professional footballer he wishes he had prioritised and realised the value of his education.

They say there is no substitute for experience. But that experience is only worthwhile if it is put to good use. This has fueled Paul’s eagerness to pass on the lessons learned from his troubled life to others. Paul openly shares  tales of both the good and the bad times to others to help others forge a better future for themselves. Through the work of the foundation, Paul Canoville hopes to continue to encourage disadvantaged young people to realise their potential.

‘Be clear about who you are, be clear in your vision and create your next steps from a place called your heart’

News and Events

Our New Sponsored Football Team

We are looking forward to next season, with the assistance from the Foundation, decorsi’, C.W.U and WestCoast on sponsoring a Saturday/Sunday football team TRENDS UTD FC from Leytonstone.

The club is called TRENDS UNITED FC for a reason;

TRENDS stands for Teamwork, Respect, Education, Negotiation and Social.

We don’t just teach football skills but also use to teach life skills.

Estiah Russell and her colleagues have been doing a great job in running the club and will continue to do so with some help we wish to provide.

If you wish to sponsor one of the teams, get in touch with.

London Unity 5-A-Side Tournament

8th July, 2017

We will be taking part in the London Unity festival, a pan-London intiative to bring organisations, families, children and young people together.

Foundation T-shirts

Foundation t-shirt collection is now available to be ordered. Ladies and mens shirts are available.

 To order contact:

The Paul Canoville Foundation Charity Golf Day

Friday, November 3rd, 2017
Texas, USA

The Paul Canoville Foundation are crossing the Atlantic!! We’re very excited on being invited to our first Charity Golf Event in Dallas America. We’re so looking forward to this day and hope and friends and supporters are able to come and join us! If you are interested then please get in touch:


Previous Events

Trip to San Nicolas House of Mercy, Ukraine, 2016

The Paul Canoville Foundation which many of you know has recently been formed, and has its’ focus on assisting needy children.  The Foundation already heard of an orphanage in Ukraine for war orphans, where 33 children are being cared for in tough conditions. They now have a safe home far away from the war zone of  Eastern Ukraine  where we understand many of the children are from.  These children have no parents nor relatives to look after them and desperately need help.

The Foundation made a donation to the orphanage and in future will be looking to put sport high on the agenda to help motivate the children to a better and happier life.

Alan Sokolowski, one of the founders of the Paul Canoville foundation, travelled at his own cost to Ukraine in April, and before the trip Alan and his wife Hely managed to collect  3 full suitcases of warm children’s  clothes and soft toys as donations from friends and family to take to the orphanage.  Alan’s wife is from Finland and she persuaded her relatives to have a have clear out their children’s wardrobes (children dress warm in Finland as the have cold winters) so we had a great start. Donations were also received from many friends in the UK and Norway, and some friends donated brand new clothes as they did not have young children any more. Alan’s daughter donated her old pink lap top computer which was extremely well received by the children on the day of the visit.

Alan paid out of his own pocket for all the costs on his first visit to the orphanage in April so no expense was made to the Foundation apart from the donation which was given to the orphanage – One reason for the visit was to check the validity of the project and to get a first hand view of what was needed and if the foundation can assist further at a later stage – The journey to deliver the donations went via  Warsaw Poland to Lvov Ukraine, which took several hours and waiting in imports for connecting flights and then, on the following day,  a 2 hour car journey to Franco Ivanovits and back to Lvov after.

Alan  travelled to Lviv on 12th April to  hand deliver  and he felt that he needed to find out more of  the needs of these children, so we as a Foundation can do our bit further, once we know what are the key areas of assistance.

When Alan arrived in Lviv he arranged for nearly 60 kgs of clothing/toys to be taken to the orphanage the following day and also gave a further donation from the Sokolowski family.

When Alan arrived the orphanage greeted Alan with open arms by the nuns who run the orphanage  and thanked the Foundation for its generous support. The children over 6 were at school but the under children 6 sang to Alan as a thank you – it was very moving a brought a tear to Alan’s eye when the kids were given the second hand toys and we’re thrilled at their new toys!!

Alan was allowed to take pictures Alan but feels that they should be not posted to protect their identity as but here are some of the  pictures of the rooms and the nuns greeting Alan

It was humbling for Alan  to do this trip and even a local Vasyl Horodoskiy drove at his own cost to assist  in getting Alan and the donations to St Nicholas House of Mercy and he even helped breaking the language barrier as Alan speaks no Ukrainian.

Watch this space for further updates – we need your support –  like these kids need ours!

Address: Krykhivtsi vul. Verbova, 8

      Ivano Frankivsk (76493), Ukraine

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Helping the Homeless

On Saturday 16th October the Foundation went to Stratford to assist our friend Emdad Rahman & his ‘Soup Kitchen’ to feed the homeless.
The weather did not favour anyone as it was pouring down with rain. This was an experience Paul knows far too well as being homeless from being homeless in his early youth days. The memories started flooding back and it reminded him of how difficult it was to know when his next meal was coming.

As soon as the table was set up, the pots had arrived full of hot food & bottles of water was laid out. Within no time the table was surrounded as Paul was given the task of filling the plastic bowls with vegan food (tasting delicious I might say). In under an hour the pots were emptied as the homeless had been satisfied & fed.

Paul said “I’d like to thank my friend Emdad for allowing me to help this evening & will always remember his words”

“By and large, people don’t choose to be homeless – they find themselves sleeping on the street because they are facing a major crisis that means they’ve ended up with nowhere else to stay”

Bless & may we All continue to help those in need.

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Cowdray Park – 09 September, 2016

On 9th September 2016 The Paul Canoville Foundation held its first annual Golf day at Cowdray Park Golf club. 12 teams entered for the chance at winning the foundation trophy. The Golf was followed by a sit-down lunch, auction, prize giving and a performance by stand up comedian, Nathan Caton.

Winners: The PFA

Second place: AS Investments LTD

Best “Worst” Place: Decorsi #1

Longest Drive: Akeem Brown

The Paul Canoville Foundation would like to thank all of those that entered teams, those that gave up their time to help on the day (Mr Cee, Sue Campbell, Damian Turner & Caroline Rice), Cowdray Park Golf Club for being fantastic hosts, Bazz Facey and Peter Harewood for their contribution to Artwork and clothing sponsorship – the latter of which are the Foundations permanent clothing provider. Lastly and most importantly, thank you to all those who have supported the Paul Canoville foundation in our inaugral year.



On 12 June 2016 we had our first annual ‘Paul Canoville Charity FunRun’. The success of the ‘FunRun’ was down to all involved which despite the rain went without a hitch. Thanking Jessica and Almira from (Guy Muscolo Charity) for all their hard work on making the day go smoothly and special thanks to the community, friends and family that got involved.

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‘Don’t stop doing the amazing work you do with the young people, everyone here can’t wait to have you back, and I would recommend that every school needs a visit from Canners!’

Sacha Corcoran MBE
Big Creative Academy (formerly DV8 Academy)

‘Your entertaining delivery had them hooked from the word go but underlying the fun was an extremely important message. They learnt that success comes from having a dream, believing in yourself and, above all, hard work. This is such an important message for the children at our school and you embedded it into an extremely memorable afternoon. Dream, believe and achieve!’

-K O’Malley
St. George’s Church of England Primary School

‘Mr Canoville was extremely professional in his rapport with the children and captivated their attention during the entire session. More than this, Mr Canoville inspired the children to ‘Dream, believe and achieve’ (his personal motto), and stressed to them the importance of education in achieving their goals.’

-M Nunn
St Gabriel’s C of E


Alan Sokolowski


Alan Sokolowski is a leading insurance broker, who has been a specialist in the Industry for the past 40 years. Alan previously served on the board of Macintyre Housing Association for a number of years. Alan will use his commercial acumen to help develop the Paul Canoville Foundation.

Alan’s pastimes are playing golf, salmon fishing, travelling and watching Chelsea play.

Desmond Edward

For over twenty years Desmond has worked with vulnerable groups of all descriptions from heavy street drinkers to those who have mental health issues. His passion is working with young people, particularly those on the periphery of offending behaviour. Desmond currently helps to reset adult offenders and divert young offenders from criminality.

Desmond is the director of Appropriate Apps, a media and technology company, and co-founder of motivation4change which provides workshops for both professionals and offenders alike.

Desmond assists in the development of a programme of workshops to run alongside the actual provision of soccer skills.

Jeremy Charles


Jeremy is involved in the property sector as a successful agent, investor and property developer. He built up and sold his Mayfair agency practice (John D Wood) and is now part of a large investment and property trading consortium.

Jeremy has been a life long Chelsea fan and was inspired by Paul Canoville’s story long before he met him.

Jeremy’s extensive and varied business activities and contacts within the property industry bring invaluable experience, fund raising ideas and potential donations to the Paul Canoville Foundation.

 Jack Smith


Jack is an accountant and is currently working as a Financial Controller in a company specialising in payroll and accountancy for the contractor and SME market.

Having managed to overcome personal obstacles and remain on the right track, Jack is keen to help and encourage others to maximise their potential.


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